For the second year running Frankel stole the show at the prestigious Cartier Awards in London, where he was named Horse of the Year and Older Horse of the Year.
In addition to the two awards won by the son of Galileo, the Cartier Award of Merit was presented to ‘Team Frankel’, which included members of Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud team who foaled him four years ago, and stable staff at Sir Henry Cecil’s Warren Place yard.
Sir Henry Cecil was not present at the Dorchester to collect Frankel’s awards but commented: “All of us at Warren Place are thrilled that Frankel’s achievements this year have been recognised with him winning this most prestigious award for the second time running.
“Frankel with his brilliance has been a great ambassador for British Racing and has captured the hearts of so many people, some of whom have never been racing in their lives.
“Thank you Frankel and to everyone that has voted for him.”
Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Racing Manager Lord Grimthorpe added: “The horse was named in honour of one extraordinary conditioner and trained by another. I have been in racing long enough to know this is a once in a lifetime experience. Frankel has set the standard by which all future champions will be judged.
“Frankel is undoubtedly Prince Khalid’s greatest breeding triumph. He has captured everybody’s heart. He has dominated our lives both personally and professionally. It has been an experience and an extraordinary journey which has just captivated us – an experience we will treasure forever.”
Frankel became only the second racehorse to be awarded two Cartier Horse of the Year Awards following Lord Derby’s great mare Ouija Board, who collected the accolade in 2004 and 2006.
While Frankel was deservedly the centre of attention, there were also Cartier Awards for Godolphin’s unbeaten two-year-olds Dawn Approach and Certify in the juvenile colt and filly categories, while three-time Classic winner Camelot was named Three-year-old Colt of the Year and Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber’s The Fugue collected the prize for the Three-year-old Filly of the Year.
Godolphin collected a third award courtesy of Ascot Gold Cup winner Colour Vision, who was named Stayer of the Year, while at the other end of the distance spectrum, Australia’s first lady of the turf, Black Caviar, was voted Cartier Sprinter of the Year.